Challenge Quilts

In rebuilding my computer files I came across this picture of a quilt I made for a family challenge. We’re not very consistent but periodically I do a quilt challenge with my Mom and 3 sisters.

This time around my sister Debbie got to pick the rules which were 1) only 3 fabrics allowed 2) it had to be at least 75×75 and 3) there had to be applique. I usually make scrap quilts so this was a difficult challenge for me. I’d rather work with 2 fabrics or MANY!

The pattern is based on a quilt in the book Bed and Breakfast quilts and I hated the quilt in the book but felt like the pattern would showcase the toile and that it would go together quickly. The idea for applique border came from a magazine.

In the end I really liked the result and rather than exchanging finished quilts as we usually did, I suggested we each keep our own so I could use it for one of my guest beds.


  1. I like it! (I have similar issues with using fabrics.)BTW MY Bed & Breakfast quilt is still a PIG – I am going to do the dogwood one – or somthing very similar to it!)

  2. Very nice quilt. That family challenge sounds like a lot of fun. Wouldn’t work in my family, but I think getting together a group of friends to do one would be a great idea.

  3. It is so nice that you can sew with your family! I just had a sewing day with one of my sisters and it was so much fun! Not sure I could make a 3 fabric quilt, but yours came out very nicely. Would you happen to have photos of what the rest of the family did with this challenge – would be interesting to see if you did!Cheers!Evelyn

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